My Healthy Obsession And Chester In A Box

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I don’t know how it happened, but over the past year or so I’ve started to use more and more natural and organic products.  I think some of it has to do with my obsession with not getting sick.  In this regard, it’s a healthy obsession.  I am easily swayed by things I hear about beauty products or foods in general.  For instance, a few months ago, I read a story about how an aggressive cat at a shelter was adopted by a loving woman and he turned out to not be all the aggressive.  The cat had lived most of his life as a test animal in a cosmetics lab.  The story absolutely broke my heart.  Not that I’ve ever thought animal testing was ok, it just really affected me when I heard that it also happens to cats.  Now, I try to look for that little bunny, the Peta bunny symbol, on the beauty products that I buy because it means that the product is not tested on animals.

Last year, I heard about how aluminum in deodorant could be linked to breast cancer, which is why I sought to make my own, natural deodorant.  For the past couple of years, I have been using sulfate and paraben-free shampoo.  I switched to natural toothpaste because of all the harmful chemicals in most brands.  This also goes for cleaning products.  I now use mostly Seventh Generation products or just plain water and baking soda.  My house is still clean, but not nearly as toxic. I’m especially concerned about toxic chemicals because my grandmother passed away from cancer.  Whatever I can do to eliminate my chance of getting cancer, I will do it.  It’s a horrible way to die.

 

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You’ve all probably heard me talk about essential oils in past posts.  My use of essential oils has gone up a lot since my mom started selling them.  I love essential oils because of their versatility for health purposes and even beauty purposes. I’ve used oils for the past few years, but I’ve really come to rely on them in the past year or so.  I mean, check out my collection!

 

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I’ve also switched to coconut oil, green tea and peppermint tea every day, and more fresh fruits and vegetables.  I’ll be honest, I don’t always love eating raw fruits and vegetables.  Eating them cold isn’t the most satisfying thing for me, so I aways look for healthy ways to cook them 🙂  I came up with an AWESOME fried apple recipe.  Don’t let the word “fried” throw you off.  Here’s what I used:

  • 1 tbsp or so of coconut oil, this could change depending on how many apples you used
  • I used 3 gala apples because those are the leftovers I had for the week.  They needed to be eaten before they went bad.  I think you can probable use any species of apple.
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon

That’s all I used 🙂  I heated the coconut oil on medium and then added the apples.  I then drizzled honey over the apples and sprinkled it with cinnamon.  I continued cooking them and stirring often until they were really soft.  They were so good and I didn’t compromise health.

 

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We, meaning K and I, started eating a lot of sweet potatoes.  I have always been a fan of sweet potatoes especially because they are a known super food, but this is a whole new thing for me.  K brought back a sweet potato roasting pot from Korea.  It’s so awesome.  All you do is turn the stove on medium and stick the potatoes inside and they roast.  There’s a little rack/grill thing inside this pot and vents at the bottom to let in the heat.  It’s pretty cool and something I’ve never seen before.  It allows for the sweet potatoes to cook in their own sugars.  They come out very good and are so tasty.

This is something that I actually appreciate about my OCD.  I always consider what it is that I’m eating or putting on my body and how this will affect my health.  I avoid getting sick at all costs, so that also means that I take numerous measures to ensure that I’m extra healthy.  I love to share health tips, and trust me, I read a lot about health tips, with my coworkers and family and friends.  I’m kind of everyone’s go-to health aficionado at work 🙂

Anyway, I hope some of this information was useful!  I’m happy to share what little knowledge I have.  Please feel free to contact me with further questions or comments and I’ll do my best to get back with you.

Best,

Megan

PS Chester hung out in a box today.

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38 thoughts on “My Healthy Obsession And Chester In A Box

  1. I’ve been finding myself doing the exact same thing! There’s just something so creepy about knowing that there are crazy-amounts of chemicals in a ton of the everyday products that I used to use!

  2. This was just a great post! So much great information. I like what you’re doing and bookmarked this–I need to work on some of this–you inspire me. And I love Chester, of course 🙂

  3. This was such a great post! I noticed that you had Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. I have heard that it causes more cavities, but the studies on how bad fluoride is just make it all confusing. What has your experience with this been?

    1. Thank you 🙂 I wouldn’t say that it causes more cavities. It has ingredients in there to prevent cavities. It’s honestly not the best tasting toothpaste I’ll admit. Maybe it’s not as effective if you use a manual toothbrush, but I use a sonicare toothbrush, so even if it doesn’t work all that well as a toothpaste it doesn’t bother me. 🙂

  4. It’s seems sensible to use the healthiest products you can find. I eat lots more coconut oil now than I used to. I find it doesn’t leave an aftertaste in my mouth, like oil and butter do. And I love lightly fried apple. I do the same with pears when they are in season. The sweet potato cooker must be very useful.

  5. Loved the post, I too love sweet potatoes, no one else here does, but I’m ok with that because I will always have one. I like the pot sounds pretty cool, I bet you can even cook regular ones too in it. Oh and Chester is funny.

  6. Went through close ones tumour and cancer too.
    All about my greens and non processed food!
    Wanna get some coconut oil too and lovin the green teas 😉
    This is great. It’s not your OCD 🙂 fighting it has made you stronger.
    x

    1. It’s good to meet you Daniel 🙂 Processed food is so bad for the body, but eating healthy, as strange as it sounds, wasn’t top priority for Americans for a long time. My childhood was full of processed food. Now as an adult, I’m working toward a healthier me. You should definitely try coconut oil! It has so many benefits 🙂

  7. I won’t lie. I hate Tom’s toothpaste. When I go home to Maine, my family use that. I don’t bring basics home with me because I know they have them… but now I know to bring my own toothpaste. It just doesn’t taste right to me… like it’s not getting my teeth clean. However, I will brush my teeth with baking soda a couple times a month 🙂

    1. I do agree, the taste is not that great and it leaves a weird aftertaste. I just assume that’s because of the ingredients that are used, specifically xylitol. I don’t blame you for not using it. I bought it and really don’t like it, but I’m trying to use it up so that I can use my doTerra toothpaste.

    1. Actually baking soda is 100& sodium bicarbonate and doesn’t contain aluminum; however, baking powder often does contain aluminum. I’ve done my research on this in the past because I’ve heard this. The two substances are actually made from totally different processes. Thanks for your input 🙂

  8. Is coconut oil good for the health? What about cholesterol? It is incredibly good for the hair if you put it in and wrap a towel and let it sit an hour or so. Also, I too am crazy about essential oils. I use Young Living. Some I take internally. Are yours safe for that? Can you send me price info please?

    Thanks for sharing, Best regards, Ellen

    1. That’s a really good question. Coconut oil is actually a heart-healthy oil and it actually helps improve and balance cholesterol levels. I only use it and olive oil now. doTerra is an excellent brand and actually YL’s rival. They have some kind of silly lawsuit going on between the two companies right now. I think the prices are comparable, plus most doTerra oils don’t require a carrier oil. They are the same grade and quality as YL. My mom actually sells doTerra and this is where you can buy it http://www.mydoterra.com/chrisawillis/

      What are your favorite oils? My go to oils are peppermint and lavender and oregano. DoTerra makes a blend called OnGuard that’s the same mixture as thieves oil. It’s also one of my favorites.

    1. My mom recently sent me Rosemary oil. I’m partial because that was my grandmothers’ name and is my niece’s name. Anyway, it is lovely! It has become one of my favorite oils, and yes, it’s good for headaches.

  9. I will try the fried apples. My mom used to lightly fry bananas (not plantains), and they came out super sweet – crispy on the bottom and soft on top. Funny story: Last week I thought I was peeling a medium sized orange and it turned out to be a Texas Red Grapefruit. Can you imagine my surprise when the inside was red? Anyway, it was delicious although the juice ran down my arm and I practically had to take a bath afterwards.

    1. You’ve certainly given me an idea about the bananas. I’m going to have to try that! That’s funny about the grapefruit 😀 I’ve done something similar, mistaking a nectarine for an apple and being freaked out by how soft it was 😉

    1. That’s a good question 🙂 Since I have so many oils in my repertoire, I’ll just share with you my favs. I use peppermint oil all the time for stomach upset, nausea, and headaches. Lavender oil is good for headaches and relaxation and I use it a lot. I use clove oil for mouth sores, melaluca for acne, and rosemary for headaches and nausea. I also have a blend called OnGuard, which boosts the immune system. Oh yeah, I use oregano for boosting my immune system, especially if I have a cold. Those are just the ones that I use often, but there are so many more.

  10. I love essential oils too! One of my favourites is tea tree oil – I love the smell and it is so good for so many different things!
    And I love Chester, such a cutie 🙂 I love all cats though ^^

    1. Tea tree is definitely a versatile oil! It’s especially great for skin ailments, like you said. I try to limit my use with Chester since cats react poorly to melaluca.

  11. I’m a vitamin junky and love all things organic; extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil, organic blueberry oatmeal with flax, organic ketchup…you name it!

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